• ACTIVITIES

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    Mix together your favorite hobby with your vacations. West Macedonia uses her landform gifts to provide you, through modern facilities and organized trips, with the ability to accomplish the activity of your choice. Even if you are fan of x-treme sports or a peaceful trekking walk is the ideal for you, either you are an amateur or experienced, find easily what activity each count of West Macedonia has to offer and which season. 

  • NATURE

     

    The biggest river in Greece Aliakmonas, the second tallest mountain Smolikas and one of the biggest lakes Vegoritida are included in West Macedonia. Also, is the hostess of two natural parks, the one of Valia Calda and the park of Prespes, and the famous Dragon Cave. Imagine how many natural sights there are for viewing. Take a walk over a canyon, visit an underground cave or take a boating ride to a lake so you can make your connection with nature. Learn more about the natural sights of West Macedonia and choose your trip.

  • CULTURE

     

    Visiting other places you can see and learn from a closer view about their culture and history. West Macedonia has a lot to display in this area too,even from the prehistoric era. Get to know each count from a visit to a museum or sight, attending a local custom event and tasting a traditional cooking recipe.Find useful informations about the cultural proceedures, the sights location and the dates of the custom events.

  • TOURISM

     

    The only sure thing is that you 're not gonna regret choosing West Macedonia as your destination place for your vacations whatever the type of tourist you are. West Macedonia provides you with a variety of accommodations regardless of you staying to a far tiny village or a big city. Easily, find hotels based your needs across the four countys.

  • INFORMATION

     

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Grevena

Celebrations ,Festivals

Mushroom Festival

11To the end on the banks of river Venetian takes place tha 3-day National Day of Mushroom.Started in 2004 and continues until this day , organized by the club of muchroom friends in Western Macedonia and aims to exchange knowledge , experience and above all aquintances between friends of muchroom.In the place are operating a tavern , cafeteria , playground , workshop of fungus-knowledge , local products bazzar , exchibition etc.Visitors and campers can do horse riding , swimming , mud baths, canoeling along the river , mountain biking , climbing ,archery.They also can try mushrooms flavours , to see microscopic mushrooms workshop fungus-knowledge , attend in concerts.The night lights up a huge fire in the center of the event and performed a vigil with songs and dances in the light of stars.   

Custom of Pigjoy

Pig-Joy is one of the most important Christmas theme in many areas of Grevena.

On Christmas Day, celebrated in the village of Grevena (eg Amygdalies) the slaughtering of the pig.The families were wll nourished the pig get fatten and have a lot of meat.The slaughter and skining the animal was made by experienced people because the skin of the carcass should be kept smooth then can beused to manufacture "pig charouchi" (shoes) .The meat cut into pieces and boiled with leeks and spices used to make sausages.The fat (salted) they were melting and kepting in containers for the entire year.Many times put into the melted fat (grime) boiled meat pieces (kavourmas) and kept it until the summer.The head and legs of the pig used to make tripe soup.Now every year people gathered in the squares with wine , "crist-bread), music band of course plenty of meat and reviving the theme.The event is organized by the club "Filoproodeutikos": The Holy Spirit". 

 

Rougkoutsaria

The custom Rogkotsaria or Rougkotsaria , that revives the new year's day has its roots in the era of the Turkish rule.The boys of the village dressed in women (boules) and ezvones (captains).Other customes that are prevalent are those of the priest (with robe and basil in hand) of rougotsari(painted black and wearing bells) and nurse.The captains bother with teasing the women , dancing , singing and visiting householders.The villagers offer their meat , sausages ,wine of which they cook and eat at night in the feast.

 

Andromana 

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The traditional dance that takes place every year on the day of the feast of the life giving fountain,in the central square of Deskatis.The custom of "Andromana" is a unique cultural event in Greece , while variation occurs in a village in Spain. 

The custom composed of peculiar traditional songs and dances of Pashalia revives for many decades always this day.The "Andromana" began the ottoman era , which was the best way in which Deskatiotes passing messages of freedom and revolution on the allegorical meanings of the songs even in the presence of the Turks.

The custom begins with the "grandee" dance , which it set up in the central square of Deskati and consists of dancer groups of twenty people dancing in cirles, in slow motion songs ooday.f the region which are singing only today.Some of these songs refer to the years of slavery by the Turks , as the song "The Meadows"which are none other than Europe and the"great powers", from which the "Mula", Greece  waiting for her to break free of the "Kati" , the Turkey like the other "Mulan", the countries that were already released.
At the end of the custom is dancing the "Andromana" , a dance that consists of men forming three floors , six in the first five in the seconnd-on the backs of the former and three on the top.

The human pyramid that formed , gives the opportunity to change the dance and rhythms of the songs , which from slow and sad turns into quick and cheerful.It is even and once sung the "Farewell good Pashalia and now and the next year" the song which becomes the "good luck of Pashalia".   

The "Andromana" according to traiditon symbolizes the Virgin Mary , that although these days she collapsed in pain , retained within the bravery while in another version also symbolizes Spring who wrere born again all , as expected so the enslaved Greeks to redo for the Greece. 

Anakatwsaria 

The last weekend of the Carnival , in the main square of Grevena performeda three-day carnival a musical "party".From 1990 until 1975 they had fun this weekend in the city by lighting huge bonfires.With the introduction of the institution of "Anokatosaria" in 2001 until today organized various musical events with content primarily Balkan sounds , originality , dark atmosphere, very melancholy and madness.It is not a carnival parade with dances but a musical journey , a powerful revival of tradition with new elements tailored in today.The visitor follows the music in the streets with brass bands , percussion groups , virtuoso musicians , pies and eating mushrooms and drkining until dawn.

Bazzars

Twice a year areconducted festivals and bazzars , of which the largest is conducted in the first ten days of June and is called "Achillis" from the name of the town patron protector St. Achileiou , in the district of "Day". It lasts a week and has it roots in the famous from the ancient and Byzantine times , bazzar of Mavronorous .Relocated in Grevena the decade of 1840-1850.

In early October is the second Bazzar known as "Pazarouli" or "chiroporino Bazzar". This is the rooted in "Koca Pazar" , which took place during the Turkish rule in village Ventzi (current center) to serve the Turks in the region.Relocated to Grevena in 1928 and is held every year in the same area.

Every year 16-19/8 in Karpero conducted a fairground , where shacks are set up by vendors and shopkeepers. 

At night on 23/4 in the cafes of Katakali a nice festival takes place under the accompaniment of folk orchestra.The same morning , after the liturgy in the homonym church , followed by dances and songs arround it..

Do not miss the feast of Agia Paraskeviin Trikokika and the festival of the Assumption in Trikokkia and Trifili.